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David Williams

David Williams

David Williams

David qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School knowing he wanted to devote much of his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology but already with a passion for animal welfare and ethics and exotic animal medicine.

He has worked at the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, where he gained his PhD. He currently runs the ophthalmology clinic at Cambridge, where he also lectures in ophthalmology and animal welfare and ethics. He has an RCVS certificate in welfare ethics and law and is a member of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Committee. David has particular interests in the welfare of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife as well as a keen concern for how his Christian faith should impact on his views of animal use and abuse.

Jacqui Paterson

Jacqui Paterson

Jacqui Paterson

Born, bred and educated in Glasgow, Jacqui moved to the North East of England after graduating. After 9 years in very mixed practice she established her own small animal and exotic practice in Teesside in 1996. This has now grown to a two site, six vet practice with a very varied case load of dogs, cats, exotic pets and wildlife.

The practice works closely with several local and national charities and Jacqui regularly assists the RSPCA in animal cruelty cases with the north east unfortunately being over represented in such cases. Having now lived in the north east for more than half of her life Jacqui considers herself a Teessider.

Jill MacDonald

Jill MacDonald

Jill MacDonald

Jill spent 12 years in small animal practice as a head nurse, then moved on to the University of Liverpool setting up and teaching post graduate online CPD, and undergraduate Communication and Professional skills. She currently owns and runs ONCORE ePD, who deliver online, collaborative CPD to vet nurses, and works part-time in practice.
Jill has always had an interest in welfare and ethics, including the role nurses can play in promoting welfare through educating their owners, and is delighted to have the opportunity to represent AWF in her role as a BVNA council member.

Kate Hovers

Kate Hovers

Kate Hovers

After graduating from Liverpool in 1983 Kate ran her own three vet mixed practice in South Wales from 1991 to 2006 during which time she gained a certificate in sheep health and production. Since then she has continued clinical work and increased sheep consultancy plus part time work for pharmaceutical company and delivered numerous farmers talks. Kate is a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and the South Wales BVA. She has a particular interest in sheep health, behaviour and welfare and sits in the FUW livestock welfare committee. Kate lives on a small hill sheep farm with sheep, horses and dogs (and a farmer!) and rides, runs and cycles in hills when time allows.

Lewis Grant

Lewis Grant

Lewis Grant

Lewis qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1968 from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, and pursued a career in Veterinary General Practice, being principal of his own practice from 1972 onwards. From 1988, he worked in meat hygiene as then OVS and joined the MHS in 1998 as a POVS in the North Region. In the MHS/FSA he was responsible for Animal Welfare and Animal by-product issues and hosting delegations from both EU and Third Countries, as well as being the MHS Lead on EU FVO Missions to the UK. In 2011 he was awarded an MBE for services to the FSA. Lewis continues to be active in the meat hygiene sector on a consultancy basis in both the UK and Europe and is also the BVA Veterinary Policy Group representative on the VPHA Council, as well as a member of the BVA Overseas Group.

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie Beckwith

Sophie qualified in 2000 and has worked as a RVN, VN Lecturer, Pet Food Business Manager and as a Head RVN managing a team of five other nurses in Small Animal first opinion Practice.  She now combines working part-time in veterinary practice with a career as a journalist. Travelling and animal welfare are her two main passions. Annually she is lead nurse for a cat neutering campaign in Greece and she has carried out CVNR in India and Nepal.

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  1. Eddie Clutton on the topic of overtreatment

    We’ve been speaking to Eddie Clutton, who is speaking in our Innovation and Overtreatment session at this year’s Discussion Forum. Eddie Clutton is an expert in the field of veterinary anaesthesia and will be debating the motion “Uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to welfare” with Karen Humm. Eddie sees overtreatment as a huge problem, which […]
  2. Project in a pandemic: what an AWF student grant taught me about research

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, both personally and professionally. Normal routines had to be adapted, and pre-pandemic plans changed. For our 2020 student grant recipients, this was especially true. In this blog, Kerry Long talks us through her experience of carrying out her project ‘Identifying maternal and post-natal effects on […]
  3. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Jimmy Turnbull

    As the drive for cheap, efficient and environment-sparing livestock agriculture continues to grow, can intensive farming ever be good for both welfare and sustainability? That is just one of the questions we will be asking ourselves at this year’s Discussion Forum. Recently we spoke to Professor Jimmy Turnbull, vet, aquaculture specialist and Discussion Forum speaker, […]
  4. Funding research for better welfare

    AWF funds five new research projects designed to move the dial on key animal welfare issues.
  5. BVNA ‘This is Us 2020’

    Calling vet nurses! We are thrilled to announce that AWF will be hosting a debate as part of BVNA’s ‘This is Us 2020’, a two-day online event dedicated to celebrating veterinary nursing. AWF has previously held animal welfare debates at BVNA Fringe and we welcome the opportunity to continue having these important discussions, but with […]
  6. Completing research in a pandemic – a student’s experience

    Funding student research is an important part of what we do, giving students an insight into the world of research and the opportunity to make a practical difference to animal welfare. In 2019 we granted funding to Sheryl Bradley, an MSc student of International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh, for […]
  7. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Dan Brockman

    At this year’s Discussion Forum we will be debating whether uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to animal welfare. As the range of treatments available to our pets becomes more extensive year on year and often increasingly invasive, we want to ask, can this ever be justified? One of our speakers is Professor Dan Brockman, Director of […]
  8. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Mike Appleby

    For this year’s AWF Discussion Forum, taking place on Monday 8th June, we have invited a number of farm welfare experts to debate and discuss whether intensive farming can be good for welfare and sustainability. We caught up with Discussion Forum speaker Mike Appleby, a specialist in behaviour, husbandry and welfare of farm animals, to […]
  9. Despite extensive knowledge, cattle vets are still failing lame cows

    Cattle lameness is still a prevalent issue despite a perceived extensive knowledge base. The need for an open, honest dialogue amongst the veterinary profession on what needs to be done next was why AWF agreed to host a debate on the subject at this year’s BCVA Congress. The motion, ‘Despite extensive scientific knowledge, cattle vets […]
  10. Cattle vets are still failing lame cows – Post debate Q&A with speakers

    What is your interest/experience in the subject? Nick: I have been active as a lameness researcher and veterinary advisor for over 17 years, and with an interest in lameness since before I qualified over 20 years ago. Sara: I already had an interest in cattle lameness when I graduated as a vet nearly 15 years […]